Wednesday 16 November 2011

“I … I wuv you, Mummy,” she says and falls into my lap, wrapping her arms around my waist.

Me and my mum, 2008, on Ithaca.
Speaking of "Mummy," today I'd like to introduce you to mine. Her name is Erika Krincenzia Waltraud Urbach in full. She goes by the name Erika Bach, when she's being a musician, and Erika Bell, when she's being my mother. She lives on the Greek island of Ithaca with my step father Demetri Vlassopoulos, and is the founder and head of and her own real estate company.

Erika was born in a small German Village called Rehau and migrated to Australia with her mega huge family when she was nine. And she grew up to be the only person on this planet I have ever looked up to so much. If it wasn't for her encouraging me to do anything and everything my heart desired, no matter how difficult the process, I wouldn't be where I am today. I wouldn't believe that there is way to get anything I want if I really put my mind to it. And you know what? It's is SO true. If you want something, and you reach for it enough, it WILL happen.

My gorgeous parents, September 2011 :o)
From a very young age she always said to me, "if there's a will, there's a way." And she is living proof of that. I'm not going to go into any of her history, but let me put it this way: my mother was once so close to  giving up on herself ... but she bounced back. And she said the only reason she got through the hell was because of me. Because she couldn't bear the thought of leaving me here without a mother.

Mum, thank you for being here and thank you for being you. I wouldn't change a thing about you. I love you. And I always will.

Who do you look up to the most?

Participating in my blog tour today is ...

Alex Cavanaugh ~ (Music Review) This guy is the hottest metal head in the blogosphere. If you don't know him, get to know him!

"I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and work in web design and graphics. I minored in music and play several instruments, including guitar. I'm experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, my interests range from books and movies to music and games. Those passions are reflected here on my blog! My first book, CassaStar, was released on October 19, 2010. The sequel, CassaFire, will be released February 28, 2012. I live in the Carolinas with my wife."

Emily White ~ (Review) Gorgeous and talented and kind-hearted. You'll have a true friend in Emily. Drop by and say hi!

"Emily White lives in NY, wedged between two of the Great Lakes and a few feet of snow and ice. She's spent most of her life running away from the cold, and even spent a year in Iraq, but now contents herself with writing her characters into warm, exotic places in faraway galaxies. When not tapping away at her computer keys, she can be found reading, reading, and reading some more. And when she's not doing that, she's usually playing video games with her husband, peek-a-boo with her kids, or walking through her garden, wondering why the bugs insist on eating all her vegetables. Emily's debut YA Sci-fi novel, ELEMENTAL, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in 2012."

M. Pax ~ (Review) We don't know each other all too well, but I get the impression that she's one of those women you just say 'yes' to no matter what! ;o) There aren't enough women like Mary in this world. Check her out!

"Science fiction writer. Ebooks, short stories and more. Amateur astronomer giving star tours at Pine Mountain Observatory. I'm also obsessed with Jane Austen."

Pam Torres ~ (Review/Interview) In which we discuss my writing habits!

"I write for middle grade. There's this weird time when you're not a kid anymore but you're not quite an actual teenager. That's what I write about. Probably because I still remember it so clearly."

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  1. Aw, Erika is beautiful. I can see where you get your good looks. :)
    What a great tribute... she sounds like a wonderful mum.
    And the tour continues! I'm off to check out all the links ...

  2. This is a really beautiful post. Makes me miss my Mum though.

  3. You're both beautiful! Thanks for sharing her with us.

  4. Such a wonderful tribute. Thanks to your mum for you and all she's taught you.

  5. She is, no doubt, as proud of you as you are of her.

  6. very sweet share... i am enjoying the story and the tour by way of alex's place.

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Visit The Madness:

  7. She must be an incredible woman, considering how you turned out.

  8. You're mum is an incredibly beautiful and talented woman. You are smart to look up to her. What a tribute!

  9. They are gorgeous, just like you! Love the photos! And what a precious tribute to your mother, thank you for sharing this today. It really touched me.

  10. Your mum has always been awesome, her stories were always the best around the dinner table when we got together, the way she looked at the world has certainnly given me food for thought.

    As to the person I've always looked up to I have to say my Dad.

  11. Wow! That's quite a tour you have going on.
    Sweet tribute to your Mom.
    I look up to my father, who passed away 21 years ago, but has been a big influence on who I am.

    Best selling author Lani Diane Rich visits
    Tossing It Out
    Wednesday November 16th.

  12. You are so lucky. Your mum deserves your tribute for not giving up and putting you first. X

  13. Ah, sounds like a great mother. I look up to my own mother. I even dedicated my latest book to her and for her having taught me to face the storm and stand tall. Have a lovely blog tour!! Roland

  14. Hi Jessica.
    I'm here thanks to Alex. You and your folks are gorgeous.
    Looking forward to many more visits to the Allomorph.

  15. Lovely tribute to your Mum, and great that you wrote the tribute to her. Made me wish my Mum was here to get a tribute from me...

    You're both beautiful!

  16. A beautiful tribute to your wonderful mother Jessica.
    Love her while you can, I miss mine terribly.


  17. What am amazing tribute! I see where you get your gorgeous good looks. (Hey, your step-dad's easy on the eyes, too!) My mother's family originally came from Northern Germany. I understand what you're saying!

    Do you speak German and Greek? Wow, more gifts!

    A hug for your mother from me!

  18. Beautiful post about your mum, Jessica. :)

  19. That's awesome she's such a supporter! And thanks for the intro. If only I could play metal better...

  20. I just wanted to let you know that I'm enjoying your CD. I left it down at my mom and dad's accidently. Hope they don't try to hide it from me! It's nice to meet someone else who calls themself a women's literary fiction writer.


  21. Hi Jess .. great to know a little more about the family behind String Bridge .. and where the talent comes from .. Excellent that she's just been there for you so much ..

    and I love the way your acknowledging everyone on your tour - who is hosting you .. that's great to read too ..

    Cheers - and oh to Greece too .. Hilary

  22. Thanks Hilary. But this isn't the family behind String Bridge, this is MY family. Two completely different things :o) Thanks for stopping by!

  23. Hi Jess .. I meant behind you as the creator of String Bridge .. I know it's your family and they seem to be great .. just lovely to read about .. cheers Hilary

  24. Ah right! Sorry, Hilary, misunderstood! :o)

  25. What a lovely tribute to your mum. I was very close to mine as well and looked up to her. She called me her "growth" because when I was little I stuck so close to her when we were out in public.


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